GERMAN 402 - Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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German 20th century intellectual history is driven by the dual need to understand the dynamics of modernity and to think a way out of its destructive trajectory. In this course, we will explore crucial episodes of this history: Nietzsche’s and Freud’s analysis of morality and aggression; Wittgenstein’s attempt to reconcile philosophical thought with everyday life; Heidegger’s critique of Western metaphysics; Adorno/Horkheimer’s analysis of the Dialectic of Enlightenment; Arendt’s inquiry into the origins of modern totalitarianism; Benjamin’s reflections on art and mass culture; and others. Readings and discussions are in English.


GERMAN 402 - Twentieth-Century German and European Thought
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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